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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Hello Mister Cold: Tales from the Hidden Valley Book 2
by Carles Porta
Age Range: 6-8
Maximillian Cold is a child of the richest, most ambitious, coldest family in town. He wants to be a musician and loves playing the trumpet much to his family’s horror. Driven away by his father and siblings, he joins a band. However, once he’s played a bit of TINC-BLING-TUT he is unceremoniously fired; in fact, everywhere he goes playing his trumpet he gets thrown out.
Winter has arrived in the hidden valley and Maximillian’s adventures really begin after he becomes lost in the mountains. Seeking shelter in the entrance of a big cave he accidentally slides down into a deep, dark tunnel where he is transported into another world. Meanwhile, it seems that little Yula has been kidnapped by a mysterious visitor to the valley and all the inhabitants come together to rescue her.
Another delightfully offbeat tale from Spanish author and illustrator Carles Porta, translated by Daniel Hahn. In this second book from the ‘Tales from the Hidden Valley’ series, following on from The Artists, the reader will encounter the familiar anthropomorphic animal characters of Yula, Sara and the onion-headed ballerina. With the expressive, detailed artwork and droll text, these titles are sure to achieve a popular following.